According to the classic Old Testament story of the Tower of Babel, once upon a time, humanity spoke a common language. In that story, a cataclysm shattered the one human language into thousands, creating permanent and painful divisions. But “if the Tower of Babel split all the peoples and their languages,” says McGinley, then “this is trying make a place that unites people. It’s not just the symbolism on the façade. It’s also the music, the fire, the lights — even the lights are a form of communication. I have a deaf brother and I know he’d like to see it, even though he can’t hear the music.”
“With a sense of humor, I might say that it’s a 60-foot rolling church,” says Noah McGinley, the project’s director of art. “It includes representations of all the different human faiths and beliefs, as well as inklings of science — how they all tie together and how we all use them as communication devices with each other.”
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